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Inaccessible Island

Travel Guide Africa Tristan da Cunha Inaccessible Island

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Introduction

Inaccessible Island is an island of the Tristan da Cunha group, which again is a dependency of Saint Helena, further to the north. The island is about 45 kilometres from Tristan da Cunha itself and basically forms an extinct vulcano. Together with Gough Island, it form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Sights and Activities

Wildlife

The island isn't on the UNESCO list for nothing. The range of wildlife and birds is extraordinary. It is probably best known for the Inaccessible Island Rail, the world's smallest living flightless bird. Other birds include the wandering albatross, rockhopper penguin, Tristan thrush, and the Antarctic tern. Bigger wildlife includes the Subantarctic Fur Seals and Southern Elephant Seals and whales live in the surrounding waters.
Regarding flora, Inaccessible Island does have 64 native plant species, including 20 types of flowering plants and 17 species of ferns.

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Getting There

By Boat

As the name suggest, the island is rather inaccessible, because of its high sheer cliffs of 300 metres or more. Usually, only the odd researcher or scientist visits the island, but travellers are not allowed on land. You can however circumnavigate the island by zodiac on one of the expeditions that passes by this island.
Also, several times a year a fishing vessel (arriving from Cape Town and visiting Tristan da Cunha as well) travels to Inaccessible Island and Gough Island and there are possibilities to accompany them.

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